The Russian army is pressing its attack against Kyiv and other major Ukrainian cities, shelling targets that include residential buildings and attacking hospitals and other institutions sheltering civilians. To some experts the tactics look familiar, like a page from Russia’s playbook in Syria. Indiscriminate bombardment of heavily populated centers, cluster munitions and sieges – all add up to a dirty war inflicting widespread civilian suffering. Reports suggest battle-hardened Chechen and Syrian fighters are in fact joining the Russian forces fighting in Ukraine. On To the Point we ask: “War in Ukraine: Does Putin want total devastation?”

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